Tora-San Goes To Vienna

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

In Japan, Tora-San the strolling peddler and bumbling dreamer (played by Kiyoshi Atsumi) is a folk hero who has proven his popularity in more than 40 films; to Western audiences, he combines the comic traditions of Chaplin's "Little Tramp" and Jacques Tati, the simpleton who allows us to laugh at ourselves and the ridiculous complexity of our lives. In...read more

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In Japan, Tora-San the strolling peddler and bumbling dreamer (played by Kiyoshi Atsumi) is a folk hero who has proven his popularity in more than 40 films; to Western audiences, he combines the comic traditions of Chaplin's "Little Tramp" and Jacques Tati, the simpleton who allows us to

laugh at ourselves and the ridiculous complexity of our lives. In TORA-SAN GOES TO VIENNA, the hopelessly provincial Tora-San travels to the Austrian capital with Sakaguchi (Akira Emoto), a businessman who has tried to kill himself. While attempting to help Sakaguchi recover from his depression,

Tora-San learns that the businessman has always wanted to visit Vienna, so the two travel the historic city, which Tora-San finds overwhelmingly alienating until he meets and falls in love with Kumiko (Keiko Takeshita), a Japanese working as a tour guide. Like all good comedy, this is social

commentary, contrasting the pressure to succeed that pushes Sakaguchi to the limit with freedom the simple, goal-less Tora-San enjoys. Yoji Yamada, who directed all but two of Tora-San's previous outings, does so again here, his long acquaintance with Tora-San--perennially played by Atsumi--paying

off here in his seamless direction, while the wonderful acting engages our sympathies immediately.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: In Japan, Tora-San the strolling peddler and bumbling dreamer (played by Kiyoshi Atsumi) is a folk hero who has proven his popularity in more than 40 films; to Western audiences, he combines the comic traditions of Chaplin's "Little Tramp" and Jacques Tati… (more)

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